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Online Course Design Workshops

Following the abrupt shift to remote learning in spring 2020, the ACM developed a summer workshop series on Online Course Design and Pedagogies. The eight-week series is now available for streaming to all liberal arts educators.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

ACM is monitoring the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic as it relates to planned programs and is continually checking for guidance from public health authorities including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the City of Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH), and the World Health Organization (WHO). As changes are made to future ACM programs, meetings, events, or services as a result of COVID-19, we are communicating those directly to the participants and updating our website accordingly. Updated March 19, 2020. 

Fellows Program Annual Summit

Graduate School Exploration Fellowship students across the 14 ACM campuses, ACM-Mellon faculty fellows, and colleagues in the Big Ten Academic Alliance Graduate Schools all gathered virtually August 11–13, 2020, for workshops, research presentations, and networking.

Retention and Success Workshop

The 2020 relaunch of the Hiring and Diversity Workshops within the Fellows Program for a Diverse Professoriate focused on best practices for supporting underrepresented faculty and students across the ACM.

Want to learn more about the financial challenges facing colleges?

ICF Online is ready when you are! Take the online mini-course for faculty and staff that explains the dynamics of higher ed economics.

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Faculty and Staff Conferences, Workshops, and Meetings

Professional Development Activities

ACM grant-funded programs offer an array of conferences and workshops, grants for faculty-designed projects, and seminars to support faculty and staff in teaching, research, and service.

Off-Campus Opportunities

Whether it's a visiting faculty position in Shanghai or a visit to an off-campus program site in Costa Rica, ACM leverages its connections around the world to offer professional development activities.

Peer Networking Across the ACM

Administrative leaders, staff, and faculty from ACM colleges meet regularly to share information, create networks, and address common concerns of residential, liberal arts colleges.

Student Activities and Events

Writing and photo contests; film festivals

A $1,000 first prize is on the line in the Nick Adams Short Story Contest.  Since 2008, students have liked and shared hundreds of photos and, since 2016, short films; plans for future photo/film contests are pending, but past work is available to review here.

Research Fellowships

Graduate School Exploration Fellowships (GSEF) offer mentoring and summer research opportunities at major universities to students from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in careers as professors in the humanities and arts.

ACM Athletic Tournaments

Athletic ties among ACM member institutions stretch back more than 90 years. Building on this tradition, athletic directors of the ACM colleges organize an ongoing schedule of athletic tournaments in selected sports.

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The ACM consortial office in downtown Chicago has a small conference room available. Groups and individuals from the ACM colleges are welcome to use the space, subject to availability, usually with no rental fee. Learn more »